Things of old and also of yore

I went to the British Museum a while back and took some pictures. I was looking for Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse artifacts to give me a feel for the way people were living

old norse prow

pendant

ivory chess set

jewellery

I also saw that famous helmet found at the Sutton Hoo burial ground.

rusted helmet

reconstruction of helmet

I’m interested by this reconstruction thing. My project is a history of a word. One of the key difficulties with this is the fact that no-one knows too much about a specific word with any great certainty. The picture I’m trying to create feels similar to the mosaic and plaque below. There’s only so far I can go, and even then that process doesn’t do everything I want it to do.

Roman mosaic, mostly disintegrated

Largely disintegrated plaque

Here’s a link to a good resource of pictures of Scandinavian rock carvings: On the Rocks

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